Human rights & policing the ‘public order’: Crowds, ‘impact’ & self-categorization theory

Date & time

3–4pm 21 February 2014


PSYC 150


Dr Clifford Stott, Security and Justice Research Group, University of Leeds

This presentation is focused on applying a social psychological analysis of intergroup relations and conflict to understanding police-crowd dynamics (riots, peaceful protest). 

The self-categorization model supports and empowers a human rights-based approach to policing ‘public order’. The talk will explore the dynamics of achieving ‘impact’ of the theoretical work upon policy and practice at a national and international level. It will conclude by discussing policing reforms in Australia following the ‘Cronulla riots’ and the important civil liberties and empirical questions these raise for researchers.

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